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Trees and Timber Level 2 Apprenticeship at Northumberland College

Course description

This qualification is part of the Apprenticeship in Trees and timber. An Apprenticeship is an excellent way to earn money whilst gaining hands on practical work experience. It is a work-related, competence-based qualification, and is designed for someone in work or who wishes to progress into work. It reflects the skills and knowledge needed to do a job effectively, and shows that you are competent in the area of work the qualification represents. If you've been employed in the industry for a while and don't have a formal qualification, an apprenticeship is an ideal route for you!

Course content

You will study a range of exciting units including Health and safety, Chainsaw use, Tree climbing operations, Plant Identification, Managing plants outdoors and processing arisings fronm tree work operations. The units are targeted at individual learner needs linked to the workplace so different options might be selected if required!

Entry requirements

There are no specific prior achievements required to take this qualification, but a level 1 or level 2 in qualification in arboriculture or other land based topic might help. You need to be 16 years old or over to take this qualification.


Your progress will be assessed by a range of methods including practical assessments/ observations, written assignments, and identification tests. It has to be pointed out, that training is delievered by a combination of college attendance one day per week, which is linked to workbased assessment. Your Tutor and assessor will work with you and help you put together a workbased portfolio of completed work.

Future opportunities

After completing the course you could progress to a level 3 qualification such as the Advanced apprenticeship in trees and timber, or an alternative level three qualification such as the Extended Diploma in Arboriculture

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northumberland College directly.

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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    • Kirkley Hall is a stunning rural campus and a great environment to study in with specialist resources to meet the needs of our students. Combine this with our team of experience and highly skilled staff and you will see that a successful future will be yours.

      The college campus in Ponteland is approximately 8 miles from Newcastle city centre and is easily accessible by bus or car, so you can enjoy the best of city and rural life.

      You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career. Facilities include:

      • A 17th century rural estate with and grade II listed Kirkley Hall
      • An equestrian centre with indoor and outdoor riding arenas, 25 horse stable yard and specialist equine facilities
      • Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens with over 120 species
      • A veterinary centre and grooming parlour
      • An outdoor activity centre with high ropes and zip wire and sailing base at Blyth
      • Two farms; one at Kirkley and one in the Coquet Valley
      • Victorian walled gardens, over 1,330m2 of greenhouses and a garden design studio
      • Cyber Café
      • A Learning Resource Centre devoted to the land-based sector which includes a range of learning materials, an IT suite and quiet study areas
      • Halls of residence facilities